Past conferences


When Life Ends: Medicine, Law, and Culture Confronting Death in Israel


Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Study of the End-of-Life Together with  Hakibbutz Hameuchad - Sifriat Poalim Publishing Group has published a book on the subject of End of Life


A Book Launch Event will be held on  Thursday, February 4 2021 20:00-21:30

the event will be held via Zoom

Participation is free

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Biomedical practices in the Middle East and Europe

The impact of religion and culture

(zoom based video-conference)


27th January 2021

16:00-19:30 C.E.T.



Prof. Shai Lavi, Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets,

Dr.Hagai Boas, and Dr. Federica Sona


16:00               Welcome


16:05               Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets

Introductory remarks and presenation of the project 


16:10               Prof. Shai Lavi

Is medicalization secular? Lessons from male circumcision in Germany, Israel and Turkey

Session I


Chair - Prof. Shai Lavi


16:25               Ms. Jeanise Dalli

Cultural vs. non-cultural genital interventions in Malta and the UK: Exploring regulatory approaches thereon


16:35               Dr. Stefano Osella

The medicalization of gender identity in Italian law: The complex history of a political concept


16:45               Dr. Alice Margaria

Trans-men giving birth: Rethinking legal fatherhood




16:55               Questions & Answers


17:10               Coffee break


Session II


Chair - Prof. Shai Lavi


17:20               Prof. Barshack Lior

Biomedical practices and the anthropology of descent


17:30               Prof. Gamal Serour

Assisted reproductive technology


17:40   .           Dr. Federica Sona

Mind the gap! Medically assisted procreation amongst biotechnologies, Italian normativity, Islamic ruling and Muslim practices


17:50               Questions & Answers


18:05               Coffee break


Session III


Chair - Prof. Shai Lavi


18:15               Dr. Hagai Boas

Religion at play: How religion turned from an inhibitor to organ donation to its biggest engine?


18:25               Dr. Farrah Raza

Ethical pluralism in organ donation ethics committees: A case study of the former UK Donation Ethics Committee


18:35               Prof. Hashiloni Dolev


The politics of the end of life during the Covid-19 pandemic in Israel: What has happened to the tug of war between the religious sanctity of life value and the bioethical principle of the patient’s autonomy?


18:45               Questions & Answers




Session IV


Chair - Dr. Federica Sona


19:00               Roundtable with contributions from all the participants


19:20               Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets

Concluding remarks


19:30               End of meeting





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